Wisconsin Supreme Court

As two recent decisions demonstrate, the conservatives on the state’s highest court are not applying the law as it is written, but as they wish it to be. Read more

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Mary Langenfeld

Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and its first woman justice, will retire this July after 43 years on the bench. Read more



David Michael Miller

The decision to fight the race on a culture war issue certainly did fire up the liberal Dane County base but that was more than compensated for by the conservative counter-reaction it seemed to provoke in the rest of the state. Read more

Citizen Dave 1 Comments

Judge Brian Hagedorn should have been a dream opponent for progressives in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race. But thanks to some lucky breaks, late spending and an uninspiring opponent, Hagedorn eked out a victory. Read more

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Judge Lisa Neubauer appears to be the frontrunner in the state Supreme Court race, but a last-minute $1 million spending commitment from the Republican State Leadership Committee for challenger Judge Brian Hagedorn could change that. Read more

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David Michael Miller

It appears that no one vetted Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn for problems in his past. Hagedorn has been mired in controversy over his extreme views. Read more

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350 Madison

Dane County wants to require Enbridge to carry $25 million in insurance in case its pipeline through Dane County leaks. In 2015, the state Legislature passed a law prohibiting such a requirement. The state Supreme Court will now hear the case. Read more

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Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer, candidates for the Supreme Court, say they’ll be impartial and unbiased. Should voters believe them? Read more

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The Supreme Court contest between appeals court judges Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn could shape the court for years to come. Read more

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The conservative majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court got smaller in 2018 when Rebecca Dallet was elected. Now liberals have a chance of winning the next two elections to gain a majority. Read more

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Lauren Justice

Justice Shirley Abrahamson discussed her life, career and challenges as a woman attorney with longtime friend, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb. Read more



David Michael Miller

Anger is energizing; Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate; Democrats should advance their most boring candidate to run against Walker in November. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments

Judge Rebecca Dallet’s election will alter the state Supreme Court’s ideological balance, leaving conservatives with just a 4-3 edge instead of a 5-2 domination. Read more

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Conservative Judge Michael Screnock has benefited from the state’s new campaign spending limits in his Supreme Court bid, raking in $260,000 more than he would have under the old rules. Opponent Judge Rebecca Dallet has seen a negligible bump. Read more


In the state Supreme Court race, Michael Screnock has branded his opponent, Rebecca Dallet, as “a liberal activist judge” while claiming he is free of partisan, political or ideological intent. This is, in his case, an audacious falsehood. Read more

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Progressives miss a sure bet at getting another seat on the state Supreme Court in low-turnout primary. The liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet will face conservative Judge Michael Screnock in April 3 general election. Read more

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Conservatives have increased their hold on the Wisconsin Supreme and now hold a 5-to-2 majority. But this year could mark the end of that trend — if the conservative contender for the job does not survive the primary and make it onto the ballot. Read more

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Conservative Justice Michael Gableman pushed through a proposal to hide administrative court proceedings from public view. In doing so, he treated two women justices from the liberal camp, who are far more distinguished than he is, with contempt. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Republican-backed State Supreme Court Justice Annette Ziegler ran unopposed, winning a second 10-year term. Given the fury over Trump and the November elections, a liberal challenger would have had a chance. Read more

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They want strict thresholds for when judges have to recuse themselves. High campaign donations have led citizens to “rightfully ask whether justice is for sale.” Read more